Prof. Pradeep Nair (He/Him)

Professor in New Media & Director Research, Department of New Media, Central University of Himachal Pradesh
  • India

About Prof. Pradeep Nair

Pradeep Nair is a Professor of New Media. He joined the Department of New Media, Central University of Himachal Pradesh after serving on the faculties of Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Amity University. He received his PhD from University of Lucknow.

Dr. Nair has research management and leadership experience as Director Research of the University, as Dean of the School of Journalism, Mass Communication and New Media and Head of the department of New Media. His main interests have been in the development of qualitative methods for evaluating research in meaningful and holistic ways that go beyond standard output measures or proxies for research quality. His contribution to the University has been to develop and implement methods and approaches to support individual research career development and guide strategic research promotion and management at all levels. This includes developing institution wide research atmosphere, culture, infrastructure, processes and systems to support research excellence and capabilities to inform decision making.

His research interests are in the broad field of critical communication theories, new media in shaping public opinion and behaviour in the context of state-society nexus, exploring the relationship between local media and climate change, understanding the impact of climate change on local ecologies and health communication and governance.

Dr. Nair is affiliated to the International Panel on the Information Environment (IPIE), a Swiss based International Panel and global science organization committed to providing actionable scientific knowledge about threats to the world’s information environment, he is also an affiliate to the Water Resource Working Group of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity. This working group addresses uncertainties in the long-term redistribution of water in land-based natural systems or reservoirs, their resilience and vulnerabilities, and impacts of changes to these systems. He is a member of the Planning Committee of National Adaptation Forum, Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States and is associated with the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, founded to improve education in the Earth sciences and beyond. 


He is presently an External Reviewer in selecting research proposals for funding for Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) Capacity Development Committee under the Scientific Capacity Development Programme (CAPaBLE), and has been awarded Top Peer Reviewer in Social Sciences by Web of Science and Clarivate Analytics in 2019. He is reviewing for British Medical Journal, WHO Health Bulletin, European Policy Review, Health and Technology, Pedagogy in Health Promotion, Communication Inquiry, Asian Ethnicity, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice and Frontiers in Public Health.


Dr. Nair’s research has been published in top multi-disciplinary communication journals including the Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Development Communication, Asia Pacific Media Educator, Journalism Education, Health and Technology, Journal of Comparative Politics, Frontiers in Digital Health.

He is on the Editorial Board of the Communication Research and Practice, an international Q1 peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis. The journal is supported by the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA). He is on the Editorial board of the European Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine published by the University of Rzeszow, Poland.  He is a Senior Editor of Centre for Agriculture and Bio-science International (CABI) One Health Resources, and is an Associate Editor for Connected Health a speciality section of Frontiers in Digital Health.

He has co-edited a research section on Health Technologies and Innovations to effectively respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic and a Research Topic Collection – Highlights in Connected Health 2021/22 for Frontiers with other experts from Europe, United States and UK. He served two consecutive terms on the Editorial Board of the journals - Asia Pacific Media Educator (SAGE & University of Wollongong, Australia) and Pedagogy in Health Promotion (SOPHE & SAGE).  



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Academia Government Media OECD

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Recent Comments

Apr 25, 2023


I believe that there is a need for a larger connection in peoples’ minds and to share the voices and concerns of the marginalized, most vulnerable people who have contributed least to the problem but are suffering most from its impact. The challenge of climate change media reporting is two-fold: first, to present information valid in scientific scrutiny and second, it has to understand how and in what ways vulnerable communities adapt to the impacts of climate changes.

Information is mostly shaped by the community power dynamics and its influence. It is a time for information agencies to come forward to validate and scrutinize information received from different sources. The development of a shared bank of resources on climate change will help the people to develop their capacity to access the right information at the right time.


Apr 20, 2023

The post-pandemic challenges in terms of economic shock and resource scarcity has put an extra stress on public health resources especially in middle- and low-income countries to recognize the interconnections among the various health sectors and their shared concerns. Unfortunately, even though the Covid pandemic is now almost over, a disconnect remains between people, care and policies and restoring the health security and care for all is the matter of prime concern. Here, One Health approach can connect disciplines across the human-animal-environment interface to address the emerging post-Covid health issues through a coordinated, effective, efficient and sustainable care approach. Due to its multidisciplinary collaboration and approach, one health has the potential to capitalize the capacities of multi-sectoral healthcare systems through regular information sharing among the stakeholders. The research, interventions and collaborations having a multi-disciplinary approach (human medicine, veterinary, ecology, environment, agriculture, and social sciences) can include wider range of expertise to strengthen health informatics which can help developing economies to take further steps towards health systems resilience.

The financing and administration of healthcare systems through the integration of several agencies managed by different ministries across regional and national governmental set-ups and the establishment of the National Institute for One Health is a tipping point to make the healthcare services more inclusive and accessible in India.  The Indian governments’ understanding of one health and its manifestation in an economically focused, socially adept and ecologically sustainable health policy approach and responsive strategies are capable in not only transforming the Indian health care sector in terms of diagnosis, disease management, treatment and prevention but also to prepare them for future emergencies. But this further requires a comprehensive policy and response approach to institutionalize the practice of one health through community-based outreach activities and also to make it an essential part of many community-based health schemes. This will ensure an active engagement of individuals, communities, the private sector and the society as a whole which can further help to shape the practice of one health on a wider scale.

Apr 13, 2023

Himachal Pradesh in India - a small hill state has a unique geo-morphological and ecological setting. The most reliable and sustainable source of fresh water in the region are mountain springs and water bodies. In recent time, the region has frequently witnessed a change in land use patterns and improper sanitation which has affected the available water sources and the regional biodiversity. There is a dire need to promote community resilience and sustainability for effective water management and climate solutions in the region.  This will help to identify the capacity of natural resource-dependent communities to adapt to change in order to maintain or enhance its ecological well-being.